By Tony Hughes
Lucas Perez has been ruled out of action until December after a tackle in the EFL Cup game against Reading, and Arsenal fans are gutted on Twitter.
Perz limped off in the 72nd minute of the cup tie after Reading substitute Danzell Gravenberch put in a challenge which Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said was deliberate.
“It’s very frustrating because he [Perez] worked really hard to get there. Of course he is absolutely gutted, because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick,” said Wenger, as reported by The Guardian.
“It is a similar tackle to [Granit] Xhaka, but there was no red card. But the red card would not have helped Perez. What is the most important thing is that he is out for six to eight weeks.”
Here are a selection of Tweets from Arsenal fans:
It’s unlucky for Perez after he’s struggled for first-team time since his move from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer.
Perez has made just three Premier League appearances, and two in the EFL Cup, where he has scored two goals.
Arsenal face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in the early kick-off and they will be without Perez and possibly Theo Walcott who is due a late test after suffering a slight hamstring problem.
In other Arsenal team news, this Sky Sports pundit has said he wouldn’t risk starting this attacker against Sunderland.